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[ explosions ] >> the united nations says millions of yemenis are in danger, the country is in humanitarian disaster. good to have you with us, i'm david foster, you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up a plane packed with aid landing in the yemeni capital. kenya targets al shabaab
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following an attack on a university there. how india plans to turn mountains of rubbish such as this into leskt. electricity. united nations children's agency which is tasked with protecting the young unicef, is warning that the war in yemen is driving the country towards humanitarian disaster. putting millions of people many of them young in danger. it's 12 days since the saudi led coalition began targeting houthi rebels there and the death toll from the fighting is mounting. in the past 24 hours dozens have been reported to be killed in clashes in aden alone. several days now the southern port city has seen intense street battles. forces loyal to president hadi, among other things food and water are now in short supply. well the red cross plane
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carrying much-needed aid has now landed in the capital sanaa. after delays, red cross workers are asking for permission to enter port city by boat. 400 politicians activates and journalists in the past country have been detaid in detained in the past 48 hours. houthi fighters are deliberately targeting civilians in aden. >> translator: the operations there are hit and run operations as the militias are doing aggressive things against the citizens of the city. and today the media the different media outlets have mentioned things about the buildings and the people inside the buildings, that are being targeted by these militias. >> in pakistan the parliament
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has been talking about whether that country should get involved in the campaign in yemen. saudi arabia's asked islamabad for military help including aircraft military and soldiers, about a third of them tied up along the afghan border. negotiations have finished for the day will resume on tuesday. the red cross says it is sending 48 tons of humanitarian aid into yemen but that's only a fraction of what's needed. according to the u.n. nearly 60% of the people in yemen need humanitarian aid. internally displaced lost their homes, water supplies have been cut in cities around the country and food supplies are critically low. let's hear from omar al saleh.
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>> reporter: almost two weeks of air strikes and the humanitarian situation in yemen is only worsening by the day. there is a rush to pie food. people are panicking and preparing for worst. going the sack of wheat is $40 so the poor people can't afford to eat anymore. >> i've been trying to buy a sack of flour for the past two days. >> shortages people are scared. >> i've been here since last night. our kids and the elderly are at home. they're terrified of the bombing and the vibrations. we don't have wheat and flour. it is a tough situation. >> the air strikes are hitting houthi targets but also killing
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civilians. many here are searching for the body of their family members. >> this is the home of my brother hamid they hit his home at 2:00 a.m. we woke up to find the house reduced to rubble. >> reporter: in aden in the south the humanitarian situation is not any better. people say they have been without clean water for five days no electricity and stores are being cleared out of food. the international red cross is saying it's preparing two planes loaded with urgent aid. >> the most urgent need is in the hospital where there are dozens arriving each hour and the hospitals don't have the capacity to provide treatment. i know there are many other needs in yemen as well because people have been cut off for days now and they don't have food and water in many locations. >> reporter: but that may provide little comfort to the millions of yemenis cawd in caught
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in the cross fire. omar al saleh, al jazeera aden. >> i think a plane from your organization is going to try get in tomorrow. what will you be taking with you? >> will be bringing immediate supplies and also water and sanitation equipment. as you've heard we have big problems in aden and other places to provide clean water and medical assistance is absolutely essential at this time. >> are you going to be able to take in anything enough? >> no, this flight has been incredibly difficult to get in and we've been working on it for days and it's only the first flight. we're going to have to bring in much more and it's going to be a very complicated operation. the -- sorry. >> sorry to interrupt. there was some talk about cause for a ceasefire so that help
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could brought in. have you got help from other people? >> already the abilities to bring in some assistance is a great step forward over the next ten days. we'll see where we go forward. if we keep going the way we are we are heading towards a humanitarian disaster. the need is getting worse. there's no way to get in the assistance that's required at this time. >> i would imagine being unicef your job is to look after children but you would need hundreds of people on the ground making sure that the children were safe that they had enough food and water that they could continue to go to school, that they have somewhere to sleep. that's not possible is it? >> it's possible to some extent but very difficult. we estimate about a million children aren't able to go to school because of conflict. there are 100,000 people that are newly displaced in the past ten days. we have seen more children killed in the past fuse days than in all of the fighting of last year, there's a huge huge
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challenge and our capacity is limited and their needs are getting less. >> and we talked about in the report and you alluded to it, the need for medical supplies. with the conditions on the ground it's going to be very difficult even with some of the supplies to get correct treatment for the children. are you going to try oget some of the worst wounded ones out of the country? >> well, we're going to work and within the country supporting partners such as the ministry of health and the local governments across the country with m smplef andsfthis is a country that is incredibly vulnerable. the nutrition was already terrible in the country beforehand and now we're looking at the health systems of all of the country which are going to be undermined and that also needs support. >> so i'm guessing the answer to the question brutally was no you're not at the moment going to be able to dealt any children out, you're going to do the best
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you can on the ground. what about your own teams? you've had to move several times because of the dangers. are you able to do your job. >> it's very very difficult particularly for our team in aden they have had to move several times just today because of the fighting. we are trying to support the water system in aden, and medical support it's very dangerous for our team. it's going to be dangerous for colleagues, going to kill kids and the people will suffer and we need to find a way through this. >> well, we wish you the very best of luck particularly with that plane flight, that mercy flight in tomorrow, julian thank you. >> thank you. we're talking on palestinian refugee camp inside syria is,
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quote, beyond inhumane. i.s.i.l. stormed the yarmouk camp and now controls 60% of it. in the last six days, an estimated 2,000 people have fled the people but around 16,000 palestinian ratification are still trappedrefugees are stilltrapped there. stefanie dekker has the story. >> syrian news agency aired these pictures, showing how to get to safety. >> translator: in a matter of 30 minutes they could have executed all people you see in this school because i.s.i.l. called from the mosques if we catch one of you working with, the palestinian group fighting or with the government they will cut our heads off. they have no mercy. >> for the first time individual overseas i.s.i.l. has been posted online, showing the inside of the palestinian
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refugee camp. they have been fighting others for the past six days. this camp has been besieged for almost two years people starving with no running water and no electricity. now i.s.i.l.'s presence and syrian regime bombardment is making a terrible situation even worse. and even though some people have made it out most of the 18,000 people who tried to survive here are trapped. >> translator: we cannot pay for anything. we are not on anyone's side. we want the whole camp to be safe. >> reporter: the palestine liberation organization is sending a delegation to syria to try help. the lack of medical supplies is making it impossible to treat the wounded. i.s.i.l. storming the camp has come as a shock here. their mere presence terrifying people. the u.n. is warning of a
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humanitarian catastrophe if the fighting doesn't stop. stefanie dekker, al jazeera beirut. security council has been meeting to discuss what's happening, in yarmouk and our diplomatic editor james bays has been keeping an eye on that. talking about a humanitarian catastrophe, meeting to talk about it, actually doing anything? >> i think that is question, what can they actually do? the situation across syria after four years of war is desperate but at one place is worse than anywhere else is syria yarmouk camp where earn,000 people are trapped. the reports of i.s.i.l. gaining more control in the camp causing the council security council some concern. the meeting behind closed doors to try get the latest from unrwa, the part of the u.n. that deals with palestine and the
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palestinian refugees. briefing the security council ambassadors and afterwards he spoakd with reporters. >> the situation -- spoke with recorders. >> the situation that the inhabitant the of yarmouk face is one of the most sever ever. you know they have gone through much over the past two years in terms of being deprived of possibilities to move freely out of the camp. this is the camp that has been besieged but also with actions by armed groups inside the camp for the last two years has been very threatening to their lives and livelihoods. the current situation we have seen has led to the hour being more desperate than ever for civilians -- >> after the security council meeting there was a brief statement read to the press by the current president of the security council the ambassador of jordan. and expressed deep concern about the situation and call for
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immediate humanitarian access. but as you say david these are words coming from the u.n. security council no suggestion that they're actually going to take any action in syria very limited what they can actually do. >> james bays in new york, thank you very much. welcoming up on al jazeera in the next 15 minutes. even the orphaned children are a source of conflict in ukraine. we have a special report. plus. interi'm jennifer glasse in kabul, where afghan shopkeepers are protesting a new tax by closing their doors.
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>> you're with us here on al jazeera. i'm david foster and these are the global headlines. the united nations says the war in yemen is sending an already poor country into disaster. red cross aid has landed in sanaa. palestineian organization says i.s.i.l. fighters stormed the yarmouk camp in syria on wednesday. 300 captured kidnapped traveling by bus to aleppo and damascus. the al nusra front was blamed
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for kidnapping but not official said it was behind what happened. kenyan military jets have targeted al shabaab territory in somalia after last week's massacre at garrissa university. said they destroyed rming some camps the kenyan majority leader of the national simply says he would like to see more troops deployed. >> we are against the withdrawal of kdf we support their deployment and their presence presence until they achieve the desired goal and objective. we further recommend that the kenya government engages international community and employs kdf in all the sectors along the kenya somalia border.
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>> alal jazeera's being given access to the garrissa university as investigators gather our correspondent crints catherine soy has the toy. mostly students shot dead in the courtyard. this dormitory is where it all happened and they still are a very strong smell of blood. it's difficult to imagine how horrified those who died here were. bloodstains are everywhere. some of those who planned and carried out the attack are said to be ken yants kenyans who joined al shabaab. during the attack she hid in one
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of the cube culs. >> those men were asking kenyans, do you agree with uhuru kenyatta's government? some were killed. >> awaits outside the university gates, hoping for any news about a missing student a member of his church. >> his parents are in nairobi. they can't find him among the list. >> this is a new county commissioner, last year he had to deal with a series of attacks attacks.
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>> of the students we talked to say they never want to come back back. catherine soy, al jazeera kenya. petro poroshenko expressed went on to create their own state. the separatists who are still in control of parts of eastern ukraine have dismissed poroshenko's expressions. >> there's grave concern what the war answer effect on orphaned children. 140,000 have been forced out of
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their homes. the figure includes some of the 95,000 children who live in orphanages and residential homes. as andrew simmons reports. some are at the center of this crisis. >> in ukraine a country in conflict aged from under five to teens and all opportunity care of the state. but they're from the self-declared republic of donetsk, now looking for russia for its future. yet they've been living since last july under the control of the ukrainian government. the children were moved in secret as the fighting was at its height and after they say separatist fighters told them they were going to be moved to russia for their own safety. >> translator: they told us whether you want to go or not you have to go. we told them we didn't.
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we started to cry. they used obscene words they didn't care that we were children. when we said we are not going they said, just try staying. and we will shoot you and your teacher. >> reporter: whatever happened these children became pawns in a political playoff. the ukrainian government making the first move. >> threatening children is not acceptable in any situation by any side. it shouldn't have happened but these kids were threatened. >> and the donetsk break away republic trying to use an ace accusing ukrainian of stealing its children. >> translator: they're obliged according to their official responsibilities to return the children back here. this is a real crime and there will be a time when someone will face justice. >> the majorities of these children have been living in
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institutions like this most of their lives. now they find themselves in a tug of war between two sides of this conflict. many of them say they're confused some feel cut off from it all. and that's the sad reality these children are officially classified as orphans. many have been abandoned by their own parents though. all of them have family contacts back in donetsk. and most feel even more detached than they would do normally. >> at the moments i can't go home because of the rebels. we need border pass he. it's as if it's another country. my relatives can't visit me and it's bad very bad. it's been a year since i have seen them. i miss them. >> it's questionable as to whether the new ukraine or the separatist donetsk people's republic is actually looking over the best interests of these children. they're having to cope with the traumatic experience of wawr
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along with thewaralong with the feeling of isolation. andrew simmons, al jazeera ukraine. protesting about what they say is a five fold increase in taxes. the government says it's trying the wean itself off international aid but small business owners say it shouldn't be up to them to fill the financial gaps. jennifer glasse reports. >> reporter: shops are closed across the capital. kabul's central government is like a ghost town. the reason is clear. central kabul looks like this when it usually looks like this. shopkeepers say they had no choice when their tax bills arrived. >> translator: last year we paid $300 per shop, this year the government wants more than $2,000.
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>> reporter: store owners say they can't afford that and took their complaints to the street. the finance ministry says it's just following the law and trying to create a tax culture. >> reporter: we want to pay the same tax we paid last year. we can't pay more, even last year it was hard to pay our taxes. since the beginning of the ye, business has been very bad. >> reporter: store owners say they plan to stay closed until their demand for lower tax is met. even though they support the protest, some shopkeepers like these have opened anyway. they say they can't afford to lose the income especially in an economy where they are already struggling to make a profit. the shutdown is a new challenge for the six month old government of ashraf ghani who has promised to reduce the amount of international aid afghanistan has relied on for 14 years. to do that he needs to build a tax base but it looks like that may not be easy. jennifer glasse, al jazeera
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kabul. >> in india they have launched an air pollution index to track the air quality in ten major cities, india being the home to 14 of the world's motion polluted cities. estimate that the dirty area is responsible for 627,000 premature deaths every year. now india's government is also trying to deal with overflowing landfill sites especially in mumbai where there's no official recycling. here is fez jamil. >> one of the oldest and largest garbage dumps in asia, can't take anymore. this is one of the several women hired by a nonprofit to do something about the garbage problem. >> we're helping the city garbage service by separating the wet and the dry garbage. we can sell part of the dry
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trash to make money for ourselves. >> reporter: along with low tech solutions such as sorting garbage the city's trying out a new high technical method of one of its other dump sites. this is one of mumbai's three mainland fills. together they take in the 11,000 tons of garbage this city produce he every day. but here they're using technology to break down the garbage and put it to use. >> clay leaner first and then -- >> a firm has been hired to build a bioreactor here. >> recirculate the liquid that comes off of that garbage back into the garbage which enables it to degrade at a much faster rate some say about 75% faster. the gas that comes off of that process we capture and we turn into electricity. >> but that solution is expected to take years and is only being done so far at one site. >> translator: local officials say the city will need more
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dumping space in the meantime. >> we are looking at almost 60 to 65 heck hectares of land, for our future needs. we have some problem that is why we are looking for space outside mumbai area which is not surrounded by real estate development. >> some say reducing the amount of garbage is an essential step in solving the problem. one this neighborhood not far from the dump is doing by composting organic waste for the last 14 years. >> we should not sit by helplessly. we should take our own initiative and do it. if we don't do it then the city will go to the dogs. >> even though new solutions are tried out this mountain of trash continues to grow. fez jamil, al jazeera mumbai.
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